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Terry Sammons
Posted on Friday, January 25, 2002 - 01:12 am:   

Does anybody remember the sponsored lifeboat row from Greenhithe to Greenwich & back, i'm sure Brian Dickenson was our cox but if I remember right there was more than one lifeboat. Very blistered hands but a great day out.
 

Steven Hale
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 05:56 pm:   

I was a student 1981-84 and I took part in the row in 1981, what a nightmare. I remember having to be towed part of the way back as we went to far and could not row back against the tide. The beer an food in the pub at the end of the first leg was OK though.

I think they only get first year students to take part as after one go you don't want to do it again.
 

Steve Lawson
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 11:55 pm:   

I remember a row in 1977 when Brian was cox, there were a few radio students involved too, I have a picture of Shirley - Brian's wife with the large Canadian flag she had on the support boat, plus some others enjoying a break - Gail Cobbold, Martin Howard, Martyn Randall, Chris Redstone. Its was great weather sunny and fine. Lucky I was part of the support crew - never got the hang of rowing.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 03:00 pm:   

Originally the R.N.L.I.Sponsored row was from the Terrace Pier, Gravesend to Greenwich and back.It was not until the Gravesend branch discontinued the event that we at Merchant Navy College decided to hold our own. Those early rowers had the agony of passing M.N.C.on both legs of their ordeal which was at times{especially on the downriverjourney]a sight that they would not see for a further two hours of rowing! To be fair, very few of the rowers actually rowed the full distance as there were always relief oarsmen[and women]in the support boats. Even then those same support boats would often slip a towrope into a lagging boat and lug the thing along for a mile or two.Nevertheless the M.N.C R.N.L.I.branch was ALWAYS able to hand over a considerable sum in sponsorship contributions to H.Q.afterwards.Well done those of you that volunteered!

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